MOOC completion rates aren’t all that low

MOOC completion rates aren’t all that low, argues Kevin Carey.  Only 4 percent of registrants in a Penn study completed their Coursera course, but that includes a majority who never logged on or quit after one log in.

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  1. Mike in Texas says:

    So the course have a 96% failure rate, which is usually how public school failures are often stated. But since Joanne is so entrenched in pushing the anti-teacher agenda she would never say this:

    “MOOCs are a gigantic failure for students”

  2. Kevin Carey compares the completion rate to the percentage of Penn applicants who are accepted. Which is a ridiculous comparison.

    How many of the 31,000 Penn applicants do you think applied to no other college? How many of the applicants did not go to college?

    I’d rather expect almost all of the Penn applicants to have attended a college, and, given the university’s selectivity, the vast majority of the rejected applicants probably finished a four-year degree.

    I do not expect the 96% of the Coursera enrollees who did not complete the course to have completed another course somewhere else.

  3. 1,350 out of the 60K who signed up is 2.25%
    1,350 out of the 45K who started is 3%
    1,350 out of the 25K who kept going is 5.4%


    These are all very low.


    But these aren’t the same thing as a 95-97% failure rate. If these folks need this course to graduate, then it is a big problem. If they were taking this “for fun,” then it isn’t such a big deal. If people return library books without reading them, we don’t score this as a failure, right?


    But this also suggests that we don’t have any idea how to use these to replace “real” courses (high school or college).